Zanzibar is without a doubt a dream beach destination. An ideal place to get away from it all. But it also has a fascinating history and rich cultural expressions, as well as being a top adventure and eco-tourism destination.
Why we love it
The name alone evokes images of tropical paradise. Calling up visions of picturesque islands with soft-sand, white beaches and shimmering azure waters. Yet, the Zanzibar Archipelago has so much more to offer than romantic coastlines and blissful sunsets. These islands offer a kaleidoscope of sights, smells, tastes and experiences that will feed your soul, rejuvenate your body and your creativity reawakened.
Good to know
British and North American passport holders will require a visa to enter. This can easily be purchased on arrival or prior to departure from your nearest embassy.
You are advised to take anti-malaria pills for your trip. No specific shots are required to enter. We do recommend you visit a travel health clinic prior to departure to make sure your standard travel vaccinations are up to date.
Mainly Swahili and English, but English is widely spoken everywhere.
Tanzanian shilling & USD
3 hrs +GMT
How to get around
On the main islands, you will use ferries, a helicopter can be used but with the winds, this can be unreliable.
How to get there
There are two ways to get to the tropical islands of Zanzibar–by ferry or plane. You can fly to the main island of Unguja (often referred to as Zanzibar Island) and to Pemba Island. Most of the flights to Zanzibar are from Dar es Salaam, on the coast of Tanzania, to Stone Town on Unguja. It’s a short 15-minute flight.
Is it for you?
If you like pristine beaches, relaxed cocktails, and sublime weather – then definitely!
When is best?
The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the archipelago’s dry season, from July to September, which is a very popular time to travel. However, it’s worthwhile travelling at most times of the year, with balmy temperatures between 28°C and 34°C and sunshine the norm.
What should I combine it with?
Ideal to match with a migration/East Africa safari.